Northwestern Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Theater Review: ‘Brigadoon’ comes to life at Munopco

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It’s a delightful romp through the heather in Munopco Music Theatre’s production of “Brigadoon,” the Tony-Award-winning musical about the Scottish village that comes to life only one day every 100 years.

The musical continues at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. The Sept. 21 opening night performance was seen for this review.

The show, directed by Rodey Gilkeson, whose musical directing skills are well-known to Pennsylvania Playhouse audiences, is...

Theater Review: ‘Harry Potter’ spoof at Peddler’s Village dinner theater

Friday, September 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Thrills and chills and funnybone pokes are the order of fare for “The Goblet Of Poison” at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Peddler’s Pub, Cock ‘N Bull in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, Bucks County.

The show, presented by Without A Cue Productions, is a spoof of the “Harry Potter” movies and books. Performances continue through Nov. 10. The show, written by Lesley Zaya and Justin Calazzo, is directed by Traci Connaughton. The Sept. 15 performance was seen for this review.

With...

Fighting for 100 years: Lehigh Valley legend Joe Zeller reflects on career of public service

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The Great Depression, 1933. Joseph Zeller and his younger brother Frank are promoting fights for a gangster. Joe is a lad of 14 and is learning the ropes of human nature and the difference between what people say and what people do.

Joe’s mother, Frances, has already passed. His father, Carl, runs a tavern in Campus, Illinois, and later, Godley, Illinois, and the elder Zeller is concerned about the influence the operation has on the youth so he moves the boys to southern Indiana to...

Banaby Ruhe in ‘Regenesis’ at The Baum School of Art

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Barnaby Ruhe, a Lehigh Valley creative force of nature, brings “Regenesis” to the David E. Rodale Gallery at The Baum School of Art with an opening reception 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 20. The event, held in conjunction with Allentown’s monthly “Destination Arts: Third Thursday,” features the multi-talented American artist, shaman, academic, and world-champion boomeranger.

Accompanied by jazz saxophonist and harmonic vocalist Gary Hassay and pianist Dan DeChellis, Ruhe will hold one of his...

It’s a small world after all at Baum School of Art

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Juxtaposed with the Impressionistic, energetic, stream-of-consciousness work of Barnaby Ruhe, the exquisitely-detailed artwork of the late miniature artist, Jane Walker Conneen (1921–2008), graces the walls of The Baum School of Art’s Rodale Family Gallery.

Conneen’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit featuring her tiny etchings opens Sept. 20 with a shared reception with Ruhe’s “Regenesis” exhibit, 6 - 9 p.m. Both exhibitions conclude Oct. 20 with a shared closing reception, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct...

State Theatre to iLuminate

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

With an unprecedented blend of dance, storytelling and technology, iLuminate is a phenomenon that has catapulted the unique dance troupe to fame. Described by critics as “groundbreaking” and “jaw-dropping,” this remarkable glow-in-the-dark performance is exhilarating for all ages.

iLuminate performs at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

iLuminate is the brain-child of Miral Kotb. The Houston native received a degree in computer science from Columbia...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, September 19: Stuffed peppers, wax beans, seasonal fruit.

Thursday, September 20: Roasted pork, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted red cabbage, fruit cocktail.

Friday, September 21: Chopped steak w/ onion gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, banana.

Monday, September 24: Grilled hamburger, broccoli and cauliflower mix, warmed peaches.

Tuesday, September 25: Pork Marsala, brown rice pilaf, carrots, applesauce.

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Joe Zeller: A timeline

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Sept. 19, 1918: Born in Campus, Ill., to Carl and Frances Zeller.

1918 - 1933: Raised in Godly, Ill.

1933: Moves with younger brother, Frank, to southern Indiana where he works on farm.

1938: Becomes apprentice electrician.

1941: Becomes journeyman electrician; works in this capacity throughout career.

1942 - 1945: Serves in Navy during World War II.

1948: Settles in Emmaus.

1951 - 1953: Serves in Navy during Korean War.

1954:...

Healthy Geezer: radio-head experiences

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

A while ago, I wrote a column about my wife, Gale, who told me she was hearing talk radio in her head. I researched this and I’m convinced that Gale is picking up radio signals through her teeth.

In the column, I invited readers to submit their experiences. The following are some accounts from my e-mailbag. I’m using only first names in case these readers would rather not have anyone else know about the radios in their heads.

Susie: I am so glad someone wrote about this,...

‘Apple Fest, Car Show’

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

An “Apple Fest and Antique Car Show” is 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Johnny Appleseed will be portrayed. Apples and apple cider will be available. There will be a puppet show, storytelling, games, and crafts.

Model T Fords, courtesy of guest curators Dennis and Ron Smith of Allentown, will be displayed.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074